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Faculty & Staff Crier E-Newsletter
Announcements for the weeks of Dec. 15 and 22

Personal Announcements

A message from the Department of Marketing and Communications

This is the last scheduled issue of the faculty and staff Crier for the fall semester. It will return to its regular biweekly schedule starting Jan. 12. In the interim, Crier will be sent on an as-needed basis. If you have news or an announcement that needs to be shared with the college community please submit a request online. Thank you.

Thank you from the German and French clubs

On behalf of my students of the German and French clubs, we would like to thank the CCRI community for its support throughout the semester at our fundraising events. Because of your generosity, we were able to raise monies to purchase toys for our in-house toy giveaway on Dec. 10, as part of the Winter Wonderland celebration at the Knight Campus. Your collective support enabled our vision and made the toy giveaway become a reality. I also would like to thank my students for their collective efforts throughout the semester that culminated in the toy giveaway. They exemplify incredible dedication not only to their studies but also to bringing about positive change in the lives of others.

With gratitude,
Professor Panaccione
Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Thank you

I would like to thank all my friends within the CCRI community for their condolences and support during the passing of my mother Antonina Rainone. She lived a great life dedicating her time too her two passions, her family and her God. Thanks again.

-- Lou Rainone

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New Announcements

Orientation planned for new Veterinary Assistant program

CCRI's Center for Workforce and Community Education will begin offering a Veterinary Assistant training program this spring at the Knight Campus in Warwick. An orientation session will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, in Room 4080 at the Knight Campus.

Students will complete 90 hours of classroom training and a 30-hour externship during the 15-week course, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays from March 7 to July 25. This program differs from veterinary technician programs, which require an associate degree and additional certification.

Contact Sue Caressimo by email or at 455-6070 for more information.

CITLA news

Deadline extended for Fostering Innovative Teaching award

Do you know a full-time faculty member who has been instrumental in sharing teaching expertise with colleagues? If so, please consider nominating a colleague or yourself for the CITLA Award for Fostering Innovative Teaching. The nomination process will end on Friday, Feb. 6, and a CITLA Advisory Board subcommittee will recommend a candidate to Greg Lamontagne, vice president for Academic Affairs. The award will be presented at CITLA's 2015 Spring Symposium. Visit the CITLA website to download the nomination form. Submit all nomination documents along with a cover sheet to Michele Quaedvlieg by Feb. 6.

Winter Workshop

Are you looking for ways to increase your students disciplinary knowledge, enhance their research skills and provide them opportunities for collaborative work with you and community partners? Attend CITLA's 5th Annual Winter Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The workshop will focus on two instructional approaches, service learning and action-based research, that can provide these benefits. Come listen as faculty from other community colleges discuss their experiences with these methods, learn about mini-grants that are available to support this work and consider how you might incorporate these approaches into your own teaching. Learn more and register on the CITLA website. A snow date is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 8.

Spring book clubs

CITLA spring 2015 book clubs will include "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck and "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student" by Rebekah Nathan. Be on the lookout for a notice about discussion locations and dates in the coming weeks.

CCRI 5K run/walk

CCRI 5KAs part of 50th anniversary celebration, the college will host its first CCRI 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 11, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will include a kids' 1K fun run.

Online registration is available and general registration costs $20 and for CCRI students with valid student ID the cost is $10. The kids' 1K fun run registration fee is $5.

Money raised through the event will fund student book scholarships at the college.

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Events This Week

Art shows

  • Student Art Exhibition: The show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • A Student Show: See selected work by Flanagan Campus students enrolled in art courses during the fall semester. The work will be on display from Dec. 16 to 19 at Flanagan Art Gallery in Lincoln. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the gallery.
  • A Student Exhibition: This salon-style show features works created by students in all studio art classes at the Knight Campus. The exhibition will be on display from Dec. 16 to 19 in Room 3500 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery in Warwick. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, in the gallery.

Performing Arts events

  • A Night of Opera Scenes: An opera workshop performance under the direction of Amanda Santo will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus. Admission costs $5.
  • Fall Theatre Student Showcase: Selected scenes, monologues, readings and dances from the fall semester's Theatre classes will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, in the auditorium at the Liston Campus in Providence. Admission is free and open to the public.

Holiday caroling

The CCRI Opera Club will be spreading the sounds and spirit of the holiday season. The group is available for caroling on Wednesday, Dec. 17, and Friday, Dec. 19, at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The cost is $10 for your choice of a set of traditional Christmas carols or winter carols. Contact Amanda Santo for more information and to arrange caroling.

Knight Athletics schedule

The following home match is scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, vs. Southern Maine Community College

All home games are played at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Ongoing News and Events

Pharm tech certification prep course offered

CCRI's Center for Workforce and Community Education will offer a new Pharmacy Technician National Certification Exam Preparation Course starting in January for technicians with work experience in a pharmacy setting who have not yet obtained certification and those who graduated from a pharmacy tech training program and have not become certified. Learn more.

CCRI Alex and Ani bangle

Alex and AniIn honor of the Community College of Rhode Island's 50th year, the CCRI Alumni Association has partnered with Alex and Ani to create the first-ever community college signature patented expandable wire charm bangle, made in America with love.

This holiday season, give a gift that will directly support CCRI students. Proceeds from the sale of the CCRI charm bangles, which feature the college's seal, will provide financial assistance for students through Alumni Association scholarships and book awards.

Bangles are available at all four CCRI Bookstore locations and on the Bookstore website.

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

2015 sick leave banks

For biweekly faculty union employees and classified staff (ESPA members)

One day of sick leave will automatically be contributed to the sick leave bank on an annual basis for biweekly faculty union employees and classified staff (ESPA members) unless the employee completes an opt-out form. View the faculty and ESPA member opt-out form. Employees who do not want to contribute a day of sick leave to the sick leave bank for the year 2015, need to complete the respective opt-out form (faculty or ESPA member) and return it to the Office of Human Resources by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31. No opt-out forms will be accepted after that time.

Violence in the Workplace Prevention policies

As part of CCRI's commitment to keeping employees up-to-date about policies and procedures, Human Resources would like to ask classified employees, nonclassified employees (faculty and staff), part time employees and volunteers and to familiarize themselves with the Violence in the Workplace Prevention policies. The documents referenced below, outline zero-tolerance policies for workplace violence and includes procedures for reporting incidents and for enforcement.

If you should have any questions about these policies, please call Human Resources at 825-2311.

SECA campaign deadline is Dec. 19

SECABiweekly employees now can simplify annual charitable giving by making a donation through SECA, either with a single pledge or payroll deduction. By donating to the charity of choice, you will be helping local nonprofit organizations as well as national and international organizations. For a complete listing of this year's contributing agencies, visit the Human Resources Announcement Web page

Please be sure to return your pledge card to Melissa Murphy in the Office of Human Resources by Friday, Dec. 19. Anyone with questions should call 825-2311.

Discharge vacation time

Nonclassified employees (CCRIPSA and Board of Education) - The last day to discharge vacation time for accruals in excess of the maximum carryover is Wednesday, Dec. 31. That also is the last day to discharge personal time.

Classified employees (ESPA employees, UNAP employees and classified nonunion employees) - The Office of Human Resources has been notified by State Personnel that the last day to discharge vacation time for accruals in excess of the maximum carryover is Saturday, Dec. 27. The last day to discharge personal time is Wednesday, Dec. 31.

If you have questions about your current balances, please contact Payroll at 401-825-2180.

New hires

Sonya Hampson has been hired as a housekeeper in the Physical Plant at the Newport County Campus.

Scott Marcotte has been hired as a paraprofessional for the Nursing Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Last Updated: 12/15/14